In Loving Memory…

Lee Ernest Dow, Jr.

Lee Ernest “Ernie” “Big Ern” Dow, Jr., 73, of Sedalia, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born March 23, 1943, in Sedalia, son of Lee Ernest Dow Sr. and Esther Matilda Mittelhauser Dow.

Ernie was a 1961 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, where he played under the legendary Ralph “Stub” Dow. He was drafted in to the Army and served two years. He earned a B.S. in Education from Central Missouri State University.

He coached and taught at Carrollton High School and Northwest High School for many years. More recently he worked at Town & Country Motors, from where he retired. Ernie was an umpire and referee for softball, football and basketball for many years, and was well known for his traveling call.

Ernie was a member of Elks BPOE 125, where he had served as Exalted Ruler three times. He organized many fundraising events, including golf tournaments, bowling tournaments and Thanksgiving dinners.

He enjoyed golfing and bowling, and had bowled a perfect 300 game. As a young man, he showed registered Holstein cows at the Missouri State Fair.

Ernie was a member of Georgetown United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two brothers, Frank Dow (Wanda), of Hughesville, and William R. Dow, of Sedalia; four nieces, Lisa, Nicole, Camie and Crystal; and two nephews, Kyle and W.R.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ella Louise Kreisel, and a half sister, Lois Esther Russell.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2017, at Heckart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kenny Cripe officiating.

Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with full military honors by the U.S. Army and V.F.W. Post 2591. An Elks graveside service will be performed by the PERs of Lodge 125.

The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2017, at Heckart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Georgetown United Methodist Church.


  1. I was so very sorrow to hear of ernies death. he was a close friend of mine who I had known for a very long time. we went to a great many bowling tournaments over the years. I will miss hjm always.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Lea Kraft & Family

  3. I am so sorry to hear this. Great guy. I was a High School student/athlete first time seeing and hearing Ernie.

  4. Dennis Gravatt :

    RIP Coach Dow..I was coached by you in Carollton from 1968-1970 and a friend of his after that for many were a fine coach,teacher and man…you will be missed..

  5. Thoughts and prayers to your families. Ernie will always be remembered.

  6. A.W. (Mike) Michael :

    Sad to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was an interesting and fun loving teacher, coach and friend. I have many memories of our years together officiating football. He was a gentle giant on the field and a boisterous presence on the court. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family.

  7. Billie L. Smith :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time David and Lynn Smith

  8. Donna Nave Rekittke :

    Sorry to hear about Ernie. He was a great guy with lots and lots of friends. I have many fond memories of our high school days and getting to see and visit with Ernie at reunions. He will be missed by many friends. Class of 1961

  9. Sorry to hear this. Fond Carrollton memories of Ernie and his BOOMING voice (and sense of humor) — everything from driving around (scared) in Driver’s Ed… to playing against him (hoping I didn’t get runover) in pick-up basketball games in high school. RIP, Ernie.

  10. Dickson Clothing ~~ Carrollton, Mo. :

    To the Family and friends of Ernie. We are very sorry for your loss. He was a friend and a friend to all.

  11. Really going to miss this sweet loveable man. Going to to miss getting to talk to him about sports and basically just miss his warm smile and loving heart. Rest easy old friend.

  12. Ernie was a great guy, always with a smile, a generous and kind teammate, very outgoing – a good friend!
    He will be missed!

  13. Vicki Mc Cown Mewes :

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family. They were very good friends of my father Wally. Vicki Mc Cown Mewes

  14. MaryLee Guthrie :

    My heart is broken to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a special guy and I will miss him not being on earth. Condolences to the family and to all those who knew and loved him <3 ~ MaryLee Guthrie

  15. Curtis Martin :

    So sorry to hear about Coach Dow. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to talk with him a couple of years ago at a school reunion for Carrollton High School. There are so many memories . . . as my basketball coach, . . . as our Driver’s Ed teacher. He often wanted us to think he was a grumpy old man. But, we knew better. We played along though so as not to hurt his feelings. Our condolences to his family. May you find peace in the treasured memories you shared with him. Curtis Martin, CHS Class of 1978

  16. I am proud to have been a friend to Ernie. We played lots of golf together & drank a FEW beers together. You are missed old friend.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

  17. Joel N. Tietjens :

    I have very fond memories of Coach Dow, not only on the football field, but in his driver’s ed class. Really a good guy. Great sense of humor and could really relate to the students. I left Carrollton after high school, but didn’t forget Coach Dow. May he rest in peace and certainly peace be with his family during this very difficult time.

  18. Always enjoyed Ernie as a coach, sub and ref. Always teased me for dribbling the ball with my left hand and shooting with my right. He will be missed. Condolences for the family.

  19. David and Wanda Decker :

    Ernie was a positive presence in the lives of young people in the west central Missouri area for an long time. Nearly everyone; students, parents, coaches, administrators and fans can relate their own Ernie Dow story. He will be remembered for the good he did.

  20. Deepest condolences to the family. Thank for the memories Big Ern.

  21. Dear Dow Family, Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers upon Ernies’ passing. As you are well aware he was a great guy. I always enjoyed seeing him when he came in McGrath’s to eat or pick up a gift certificate for the Elks Thanksgiving bowling donation. I am so, so sorry to hear of his illness and hope he did not suffer. The heavens just got a new jock! Fondly, Pam

  22. Ray and Debbie Murray :

    We were so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a big part of our sports community and will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

  23. Michelle wansing :

    Thoughts and prayers yo the family and friends of this dear man. He shall be missed in person but remembered in blessed memories.

  24. I am so glad that I got to know Ernie, through sports, and as a friend. He was one of a kind, a gentleman, and a wonderful human being. God bless and Peace be with him now.

  25. Amanda Knox-Moore :

    So Very Sorry for your family’s loss. Ernie was a great guy and will greatly be missed! Keeping all in my thoughts and prayers. Will always remember the unique calls in basketball and baseball!

  26. So sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was a good guy. Condolences to his family.

  27. Williams Family :

    Condolences to the Dow family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

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